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United we stand United we fall. Technology And/or the occult Might take care of the magical creatures but there is nothing the humans even Allied together can do about literal gods walking the Earth. If the are going to win this fight they need to get some gods on there side. Turn the gods against each other. The Greeks gods were far from United if zues ...


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Call Kratos In recent greek mythology, Kratos is a citizen from Sparta who finds out that he is Hercules's mortal brother. Due to a SNAFU involving a dispute between Athens and Sparta and a misanswered prayer to Ares, Kratos ascends to hero status, then to demigod status. He finally kills Ares and becomes the new god of war. Kratos is kinda antisocial and ...


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You have no storage problem. If anything, you have a problem of filling the available storage. We have three spatial dimensions, a time dimension (completely different than the spatial ones, not least that we move in one direction only) and possibly some others. Now you get another dimension into the mix. Leaving out what that dimension actually IS, ...


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Consider that when gas phase changes to plasma it becomes quite like a neuron or a circuit, and, given a sophisticated enough network, we could emulate some of the brain cascades like memory, reflex, or sensation.


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Yes, gas can store information. Gas is mostly made up of small molecules, but larger substances can certainly dissolve. Moth pheromones can contain a wide variety of fairly long chemicals. These don't just fall out of the air - moth pheromones can travel for many miles. Moths of many different species may be finding their own vision of Heaven flying in ...


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Their functions overlap, but not the consequences of their actions Belial is a temptator, but a bad one. He literally tries to persuade people to do bad actions that will soon backfire. Like telling a little boy to steal the marmelade (in a mement when his mother can see him) or a high-school student to mock the bad grades of the football team quarterback... ...


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One's a gateway drug to the other The devil is pretty hardcore. There's a lot of power there, and the deals humanity make with the devil are not made under any false pretenses. Eg "I give you my soul in hell for eternity after my death in return for you halting aging and giving me magic super powers on earth". Human thinks he'll rule for eternity ...


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White hat, Black hat. It sounds like your Dea knew Lucifer (the black hat hacker, the actual threat) was going to try to tempt people, and did some internal security testing first. So your Bilial is a White Hat hacker, catching the lusers slipping and presumably setting them up for a sternly worded warning from the IT Department.


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A Problematic Assumption There is a BIG assumption here- that a divine being needs to be the perfect example or aspect of some attribute of life, society, or natural phenomenon and other beings must either be aligned with them or are excluded from that example/aspect. Broadly speaking, this is very rarely the case! I am going to just choose war in this ...


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Your religion remembers past innovations happening and spots the trend. As your religion is formed, first written down, and standardised, the priests remember stories of technical advancement. They remember what life was like before they discovered that new trick in house building and how the quality of life totally changed overnight. They remember laws ...


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Entropy. Each step in the process is phenomenally wasteful of consciousness energy. Projecting into the 7 avatars is wasteful. Containing in the 7 avatars is wasteful as they are leaky containers. Recombining is terrifically wasteful. The end product is reduced by orders of magnitude from what there initially was. Satan does not care. As OP points out, ...


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They don't combine until after Earth is conquered. Because in this case, 7 parts are greater than 1 What's a stronger force? Satan on Earth in human form, with the power of 100 billion souls behind him. (100 billion is my estimate for total number of humans who have died in history.) 7 small satans, each with the power of 14 billion souls. I'd argue 7 ...


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Mortal's belief mold the deity Krishna is polyfacetic. The reason they descended as different avatars is because each represent a different part of them. But religions praise one aspect of the divinity above all others. Even if the scriptures say the god has many sides, their following still picks one and holds it above all others. If nothing is done to ...


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Faith is not a virtue in your religion. As long as faith is a virtue in a religion there is chance it will impede science, because it can support an absolutist position. I am defining faith as two possible things "belief as evidence" or "certainty of belief without or counter to evidence" both encourage absolutism authoritarianism, and ...


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Dangerous Ground: First of all, all things have good and bad effects on technological development, so saying religion obstructs technological development is a shaky statement. BUT if you want to have a religion that can be accepted by all and seems to promote technological development amidst the ruins of the ancients, then I would suggest that the ancients ...


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The main doctrine of your religion could be: It is noble to understand all of god's creation We often see in our religions that the head of the religion leads the doctrine for their lifetime. Some may say that perhaps some of the Popes have encouraged people to remain ignorant so that they can continue to tax them and live a wealthy life. If, at the correct ...


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God feeds of the souls of zealots dying a violent death and of human suffering in general. Fomenting religious wars and genocides is supplying him with loads of delicious astral nourishment.


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Eggs in different baskets If you have a very homogeneous set of believers, all it takes is one fundamental change in belief, one genocide or one pandemic which they won't fight against to wipe out your entire belief base. Some variety gives you more chances to survive whatever. It's just like genetic variance in a population. Too much of the same makes your ...


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Scenario 1:God is meeting the people halfway, and different nations are in different places in their progress towards the necessary virtues Why should Krishna assume that each nation is going to be equally prepared for the golden age? Those in America may tend to be better at tolerance of difference, but bad at conforming to those few inflexible ...


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If we made being worshipped the equivalent of getting a salary, being worshipped under multiple aliases is like getting multiple salaries under different names while falling in a lower tax bracket. So, instead of being taxed at 40% for 100000 wanlon gross "income" under the name U.R.G., there will be let's say 10 aliases, each receiving 10000 ...


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It seems that your main problem is the incorporation of 7 maidens into the Holy Trinity. I think you could approach the mothers of the God-Son the same way as the latter. Since God is the creator of reality some of God's power may be still present in the world. However, it is scattered everywhere because reality cannot withstand concentrated God power. Seven ...


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These 3 are familiar figures. The Creator - distant in time and place, possibly disinterested. Its work was done long ago but its work was the making of all there is and so the Creator is to be revered. The god who dies and is reborn - this concept has its roots in ancient agrarianism. This god is sacrificed and through sacrifice brings new life. It ...


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The gods where bored The Gods have created humanity to use their collective psychic consciousness to become stronger for their own reasons. The only drawback is that this must happen out of the free will of human society, this means they cannot interfere with human society. The power they get from humanity is more than worth the trouble it brings with it. ...


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Gods need to increase and keep their core constituency Gods get power from their worshipers. The more worshiper they have, the more power they have. Therefore, they accept to be seen diferently as long as it brings more followers. Take the example of a politician, that need to maximize his votes, the town A which is for a law, and the town B which is against....


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Well, we are created in their image, yes? Highly simplistic, but a lot more philosophical if you think that way. We are but the faintest image of the very-powerful deities that spawned us. As such, we as a race have the tiniest shards of that power. On its own though, this does nothing. But the priests, who know a bit more of the true nature of the ...


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Gods are otherdimensional entities of such flipping power that they can't interact directly with the material world, because the material world would probably not survive the experience intact, so instead of interacting with their full, pure, power, they interact through fragments of themselves, basically avatars. These avatars have a mere miniscule amount ...


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Certain cultures have certain favorite gods To answer this question all one has to do is look at polytheistic ancient cultures like the Greeks, Aztecs, Egyptians, and Babylonians. From the point of view of someone living in these cultures all of the gods were real, and yet certain groups favored one god over the others. For example, Athens favored Athena, ...


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One of the mistakes many people (but not scholars) make is to conflate the belief in God(s) with religion. You can believe whatever you want, but religion is about how you structure your world in conformance with certain ideas. This is ideology, hence politics by a different name. Do we have political differences even when we have the same facts? You bet we ...


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The gods don't care what you think. Put up any statue you like. Tell yourself it's about honor, revenge, human sacrifice, greed ... the blood still tastes the same. So long as you keep doing your part, they'll keep doing their part. Your competition with the other marketing agencies is your concern, not theirs!


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A great deal of power and control? How could anyone gain a great deal of power and control by dictating to a small group of worthless and insignificant mortals? Does the king on his throne care what the urchins mutter about him? Does it matter to him that one says that he's a tyrant, and another that he's all-good and would do something about their plight ...


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You either have an indifferent universe or biased gods. You can have both if your gods aren't real gods, just a bunch of immortal people, but not the creators of the universe (my favorite). With biased gods, as the Roman pantheon, there is always room for conflicts and social status. People know about gods existence, and also that they are biased. Because of ...


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We all know that Elon Musk exists. Yet opinions about him vary wildly. The same can be said about any other number of famous people, groups, technologies or companies. Donald Trump, Apple, 5G, the local beer brewery, sport clubs … Just because you know something or somebody exists doesn’t mean you can’t have disagreements about them or it. Even if you stick ...


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There are self-imposed rules and balances among the gods While powerful toward the mortals, obviously a god's power is on the same level of his colleagues. In the past, if a god saw his worshippers screwed by another god, he took the thing as an ingerence on his properties and a personal offence. This brought a lot of infighting and animosity among the gods ...


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You shouldn't be surprised about that, we humans in real life have split the hair in even finer pieces than what you ask. That, from a philosophical point of view, if something with the attributes of a god exist than it has to be unique, it's something the Greeks had already figured out. Nevertheless humans have quarreled quite a bit on the various flavors ...


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Maybe different people just like different gods better? Consider an analogy: We know that football teams exist. (American football or soccer, but I'll use the former.) People who are football fans tend to pick one or another team to support*, sometimes but not always because it's their local team. Then below the "gods" of NFL teams, you have the ...


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Belief and worship are not the same thing. Everyone knows the whole pantheon exists. Which members of it people actively affiliate with and choose to worship is another matter entirely. You have a culture that worships the god of war, either out of allegiance to the values and teachings, or just to gain the divine favor that's incredibly relevant to their ...


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We shouldn't confuse "practical" gods with religious gods that people approach from abstract thought as a matter of voluntary choice and philosophy. The sort of practical gods you envision are much more like Google or Apple, corporations which each computer user must worship by specific tangible acts and pass certain tests of conduct and standards ...


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I'm wondering how human religions (specifically christianity) in the 21st century would react (referring to cultural change and religious division) to encountering and establishing communications with an alien species that is physically and anatomically completely different from humans It's very simple. Most religious people won't believe they are real any ...


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First off, a frame challenge: I am skeptical of the notion that they have a holy book that is essentially the Bible with a fundamentally different religion built around it. This is going to require some significant ability to reinterpret text to mean something other than what it says it means. You can talk about "belief that the vast majority of the ...


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